The Online Dating Scam – 5 Great Tips to See If Your Partner is Who They Say They Are

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Online dating scams are big at the moment. The papers are full of them. So often you hear of men and women being conned by some scammer claiming to be someone they aren’t. Just today I read of a gang of men from Nigeria, using false persona’s conning over $300,000 out of their victims in the space of just a few short months.

Their scam premise was that they pose as US or British businessmen. Once a relationship has been built through an online dating site, they then have to take a business trip to Nigeria, where everything “apparently” goes wrong. This is when they start pleading their online dating partners for money. Trouble is, by then, their partners have already fallen in love with them and so send the cash out willingly, totally unbeknownst to them that these scammers have been in Nigeria all along!

So what can we do to protect ourselves against these online dating scams? Well, here are five quick tips to help ensure you don’t get caught out. Invariably, these scams are mainly men scamming women, but of course, it happens both ways, so this advice is for everyone!

  1. Ask for and expect webcam conversations. It’s one thing to upload a photo of an attractive person on the internet, but they aren’t going to be able to pull that off over a webcam. Webcams only cost a few dollars these days, so if you’re getting excuses on why they can’t webcam with you, you should be taking a big step back.
  2. If they are claiming to hold certain positions at work or a certain level of education, ask them questions about their profession. They should be able to give you decent discussion and answer basic questions without needing to quote, “get back to you on that”.
  3. Keep a lookout for basic grammatical and spelling errors which could indicate that the spammer is not writing in their native language. Again, it can be an indication of their level of education.
  4. Take a good look at the emails that you are receiving. Do they appear to be too general in nature, with perhaps only a small personalised introduction and do they have a disjointed feel where they don’t naturally progress from the previous email?
  5. There are various resources available on the internet to help you “snoop” into the life of your partner to ensure they are who they say they are. You may feel that this is being too intrusive, but love is the most intrusive tool!

Love is based on trust and honesty, and it is your trustfulness that these online dating scam artists are preying upon. They see your ability to love as your greatest weakness. So, by following the above advice, you can help to protect yourself and ensure that your life and your money are kept safe.

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Online Dating Scams – Watch The Ground You Trend On

Dangers of online dating involve online dating scams too. In every society there is crime and this does not exempt Internet society. The number of people using the Internet is rising day by day. The high number of online users attract fraudsters who are after robbing users their money. Dating frauds are said to be more than any other online frauds. The thugs create very fancy, attractive profiles targeting a particular online victim. The tricksters are keen to make very convincing and sob stories which can con anybody however discerning they might claim to be. The victims are lured by these stories and end up innocently giving out important personal information especially the most wanted bank account. They also get the names and address to enable them make good their motive.

Online dating scams are mere exploitation and heartless scandals. After getting the victim’s contact they work on building up trust and confidence. They will convincingly ask for money by giving sympathizing false stories. They ensure that the story seeks sympathy from the potential partner. They place you as the only shoulder to lean on and the only person who loves and cares enough to get them out of a fix. For instance they can feign that they were robbed and badly beaten up hence request funds for surgery/treatment and you are the one and only person who is in a position help. Off course you being the loving and merciful person that you are you will respond. A famous and smart online dating scam is the one where the online partner says that she would want to physically visit you but she has no money for air ticket or travel documents.

You can be able to identify these online dating scams through your instincts. There are also several tell-tale signs that should warn you to treat the information with suspicion. Among them is a fabulous photo to effortlessly draw your attention. If they tell you to send the funds through money transfer this should raise your eyebrows. This shows he/she is not ready to disclose their personal information. Be ware if your online date does not give you any other option to contact him/her except through Internet. Something is being hidden from you. All these and more signs shows that there is more than meets the eye.

The victims are emotionally and financially affected. The online dating scams participants act with impunity because they know there is no way they can be identified and punished. Safe online dating can be only achieved if people stop disclosing their personal details to people they have never met physically. In support of safe dating, the former British prime minister,, Tony Blair urged the young turks to make use of the wealth of sexual information in order to take charge of their sexual lives. He went ahead to explain that in their school days there was no formal sex information. In their days people were to learn either from friends and relatives or from experience. He was keen to note that nowadays sex information is readily available. He was campaigning for safe dating including safe online dating where online dating scams should be eliminated.

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